Odisha: Tata Steel’s RBC Centre at Joda mainstreams 59 girl students in formal education

Joda: The Residential Bridge Course (RBC) Centre at Joda, run by the Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS), the CSR wing of Tata Steel, mainstreamed 59 girl children in formal education at a function held on May 16, 2017. Mr Pankaj Satija, General Manager (OMQ) graced as Chief Guest in the presence of Mr Mukesh Ranjan, Chief, Joda, Tata Steel and Mr Tanmay Kar, Unit Head, TSRDS.
Speaking on this occasion Mr Pankaj Satija, GM (OMQ), Tata Steel said: “ As part of CSR , this is yet another successful initiative towards the concept of girl child education and I am happy that it is bringing smiles and confidence among these children. I wish for a brighter future for these children.”
Out of 73 children enrolled in the Centre in April 2016, 59 girls have been successfully mainstreamed in different schools at Joda. The six to twelve months of rigorous bridge course education rekindled their confidence towards studies. They are now fully prepared to compete with other students. The story of each girl child in these centres is more or less the same. By not being enrolled in any school or being drop outs, they were engaged in different kinds of domestic work with only a bleak future. The project has brought a ray of hope for them and they have started believing in themselves.
These centres have been set up in Joda and nearby areas by Tata Steel with an objective to mainstream the dropout and never-enrolled girl child through a residential bridge course programme under its ambitious Thousand Schools project. Among other such initiatives mention may be made of one more RBC in Malda with 109 girl children from across Koida Block, 44 LEP (Learning Enrichment Programmes) centres in Joda and 18 LEP centres in Koida block. Tata Steel has partnered with an organisation called ASPIRE, a Delhi-based NGO to run these Centres.